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Ford Motor Company

System Engineer

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed creating and analyzing Failure Mode Avoidance documentation such as DFMEA and P-Diagrams. I also enjoyed working with Feature engineers to propose solutions for integrating data into the new Ford collaborative digital workspace tool.

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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I was able to apply previously learned skills and skills learned through this internship to a real project; from participating in the planning phases to demonstrating the finished product.

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Sheet Metal Operations Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I had an individualized project that allowed me to further explore different aspects of my major. I enjoyed being able to work on internal supply chain operations as well as the technical side of redesigning a warehouse layout on AutoCAD. In addition to my project, the network that Ford exposes their Interns to is also unique. Meeting with top executives bi-weekly to hear about their experiences and ask questions about your internship or their career path.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more exposure to an actual position that I could be placed into. Instead of being assigned a project for 12 weeks I would have liked to have a day-to-day objective like it was an actual position within the company

Advice

Network, network, network... Not only is talking to other people beneficial for you but them as well. The relationships you build with people is very important and ultimately makes you feel even more sure about career paths and opportunities in the future.
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Material Planning and Logistics Intern

June - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The independence of projects and the endless learning opportunities. The company always holds networking and professional events so that you can expand your network and learn as much about the company as possible.

What I wish was different

What I wish was different more relates to outside of work. The intern housing was a little weird. There were two intern housing areas in which one had significantly more interns placed there than the other. I was in the area with less interns, so making connections outside of work proved a little difficult.

Advice

Your supervisors and any other mentors you have while working here really want to see you succeed. Ask for help whenever you need it. They want to see you in a full-time position just as badly as you want to.
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Information technology intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Amazing company culture. Great mentors and teammates.

What I wish was different

Longer internship.

Advice

Keep an open mindset and take on challenges with a can do attitude.
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Digital Marketing Intern

May - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I had the opportunity to work on a digital marketing project that dealt with a somewhat untouched market. This gave me a tremendous amount of freedom and allowed me to create something meaningful to the company. Also, Ford is incredible. People care for you so much, always willing to lend a hand, and will teach you more than you ever thought possible in 12 weeks. There are endless opportunitues to move up within the Marketing Sales & Service division. You can live in cities all over the US and create your own path after your entry position.

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High Voltage Battery Applications Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked that the internship was hands-on. I also liked that the company was welcoming and friendly. It made it very easy to ask questions and talk to coworkers when needed. I also thought the intern program was very helpful with getting to know the area, meeting other interns, and getting to know all different parts of the company.

What I wish was different

I think the only thing I wish would’ve been different is getting started with projects earlier on in my internship. I did a lot of project work but the first couple of weeks were slow because of poor communication between the group of people I was supposed to be working with and my team.

Advice

Talk to multiple different people throughout the company. It’s so helpful to see what’s going on, not only in your department, but in other departments so you can understand the big picture.
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Product Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I really liked the culture at Ford and the people I worked with were amazing. There was always someone willing to help me out and make sure I had everything I needed. Intern "field trips" were organized so that the interns could see what other areas of the company and industry were like.

What I wish was different

I wish that my housing was a little closer, I commuted an hour each way to work everyday.

Advice

Ask lots of questions. There's always going to be something you don't know, so don't be afraid to ask. It's all part of the learning process.
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Intern

May - August 2017 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

Treated as a valued member of a team and contributed real work that is now live. Also, the company had plenty of fun events for interns.

What I wish was different

The living situation was a bit tight.

Advice

Give 110% every day and you will be hired. If there is extra work, offer to do it. If there is more to learn, learn it.
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Program Intern

April - June 2017 • Allen Park, MI

What I liked

Good Pay

What I wish was different

More involved assignment

Advice

Ford encourages you and supports the interns in reaching out to other departments in order to gain an understanding of all areas of the business. This also helps the interns understand the business as a whole.
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IT Developer Specialist

May - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

The internship overall was a great learning experience and I had a project that made an impact to day to day business. I have been offered a position back and they are still using my project every day to manage all their documents and project information.

What I wish was different

The initial training process was not very clear and it took some time to understand exactly what it was that was expected of me. Once I figured everything out it was all good from there.

Advice

Take advantage of all the intern events that they offer. They make it easier to get to know people and make connections at Ford. They also help a lot with the internship itself.
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Product Development Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Opportunity to learn about the industry, freedom to learn what I wanted

What I wish was different

The team/department where I worked was not entirely within my interests, there were a lot of slow points

Advice

Go to as many events and networking opportunities as possible.
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SQL Server DBA intern

May - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

All of the experience and knowledge I was able to gain in just three months as well as all of the intern events.

What I wish was different

I wish the onboarding had been a little bit smoother overall.

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach out to team members right away and make as many networking connections as you can.
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Software Engineering Intern

May - August 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Being placed in ford labs was a great experience working in cutting edge technologies that Ford is using, my teammates were great and very accepting of an intern.

What I wish was different

The process of being placed was very opaque and you didn't have much say into which department you would be put into, more transparency and choice in that matter would be great

Advice

Get to know your teammates and network with them, they can be great friends and be great when searching for future internships and jobs.
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Process Engineer Co-op

August - December 2017 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

Collaborative projects that help make production more efficient. Big work environment with lots of things to learn and apply directly to things learned in school.

What I wish was different

A little better structure to the internship program. No direct mentor was assigned.

Advice

Be patient with your projects and learn as much as you can, regardless of what department you get assigned to.
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Site Process Management Intern

June - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed my ability to create any projects I thought fit into my position. The work I was given was good, but I never felt like I was doing enough. My supervisor allowed me to decide any extra projects I would like to take on and I did just that.

What I wish was different

I would have liked some way to have had a project I could start at the beginning of my intership and complete at the end.

Advice

Talk to your supervisor and they can make anything happen.
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IT Project Manager Intern

May - July 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

Onboarding process, pay, benefits, fun after work activities planned for interns

What I wish was different

My supervisor kept not approving my timecards, so my pay was very delayed. HR was not much help. Wish I could have requested a new supervisor.

Advice

Participate in the intern events, go to the skip levels, be innovative
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Intern

May - August 2017 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I liked how I worked on real projects that my team members were working on. It was awesome. They also housed us in Dearborn in a really nice apartment complex. Amazing summer.

What I wish was different

I wish we could work from home once a week as interns but once you graduate and work full time you most likely can.

Advice

Get on the internships early. Go to all of the career fairs and sell yourself! Most of these companies are trying to hire the person, not the title. If you are outgoing and seem confident, they will like you.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May - September 2017 • Calumet City, IL

What I liked

I liked that I was able to work right alongside VPs who were in charge of the Ford North America Manufacturing. It helped me gain a lot of interpersonal and business skills along with the engineering skills that I was learning. I learned a ton about the manufacturing process and I have had a much easier time in my manufacturing class this semester because I already know a lot of the information from working this summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I did some more design within the internship as well. I learned a ton about manufacturing, but not much about design.

Advice

Be ready for a fast-paced environment for pretty much anything to get thrown at you. It really keeps you on your toes.
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Engineering Intern

May - July 2018 • Dearborn, MI

What I liked

I worked in the crash safety group at Ford. It was a very dynamic work environment and there was always something going on even if I had downtime.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a better mentoring program. I sought out mentors myself when I wasn't assigned one and it worked out great!

Advice

Explore as much of this company as possible. It is so big and there is so much to do. Even if you don't enjoy the group you are in, there is a group for you out there.
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